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MARIE CLAIRE SAYS GOODBYE TO PRINT Marie Claire is ending its print edition in November after 31 years on the news stands. Publisher TI Media said it would pursue a digital-first future for the title. Marie Claire joins a long list of women’s magazines that have closed in recent years, including Now, Reveal, Glamour, InStyle UK, Look and Brides.

THE VOICE GOES FROM WEEKLY TO MONTHLY The Voice, Britain’s only newspaper aimed at the black community, has gone monthly after 37 years as a weekly title. The newspaper said it was taking an ‘exciting new direction’. The monthly paper was launched in September at an introductory price of £2.50.

AWARD FOR FAKE MEDICINE STORY An investigative journalist has received a graduate of the year 2019 award from the University of Stirling. Dale McEwan, 33, from Aberdeenshire, was given the award for his documentary Stolen Vision, which exposed the life-changing consequences of using counterfeit medicine in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

NEW MEDIA AGENCY FOCUSES ON ANIMALS A global media agency dedicated to documenting the lives of animals ‘trapped in the human world’ has been launched. Via photography, journalism and filmmaking, We Animals Media depicts animals used for food, fashion, entertainment, work, religion and research.

FT BUYS STAKE IN BUSINESS OF FASHION The FT has bought a minority stake in B2B news website The Business of Fashion, which has a paywall. The website, founded in 2007 by fashion business adviser Imran Amed, claims more than 35,000 paying members. It has more than 100 staff working in London, New York, Paris and Shanghai.

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Tackling the prejudices faced by women photojournalists

A CONFERENCE SEEKING to understand and address the barriers faced by women photojournalists was led by the NUJ photographers’ council in the summer. Both the causes and potential solutions of gender inequality were debated by a panel of speakers and delegates from across the industry. Professor Adrian Hadland, co-author of The

State of News Photography report, highlighted sexism, industry stereotypes and a lack of opportunities as key barriers to women’s careers. Pennie Quinton, chair of the London freelance branch, described her experiences of sexism but also praised those who had offered support, enabling her to safely gain access to cover complex situations. Progress is being made to improve

opportunities and the visibility of women photographers. Charlie Booth, from the Manchester-based Redeye network, puts its success in achieving a gender balance down to a conscious decision to increase the number of women speakers and reviewers at events. Although degrees in photography attract

more women than men, women drop out of the profession, with the result that only 15 per cent of photojournalists are female. Chairing the event, Natasha Hirst of the photographers’ council said: “Increasing the

diversity of photojournalists is vital to improve access to stories and the ability to authentically and accurately represent the diverse communities we report upon.” Celia Jackson, a lecturer at the University of South Wales, is the co-founder of the Phrame Collective in Cardiff, which supports networking, skills-building and finding opportunities for grants and exhibitions to enable women to make progress. Delegates called for more assignments and

opportunities for women and greater efforts to encourage picture desk staff to seek a better balance in the work they publish. To follow up, the NUJ will run a confidence building workshop in London on November 11. your-confidence/

“ Tribal site to inspire young women

TWO SUSSEX NUJ members have launched Generation Tribe, a website designed to help young women to pursue their ambitions and become successful. By sharing stories and the advice of women who have made a success of their lives and careers, Bex Bastable and Charlotte Harding hope to inspire the next generation of

scientists, engineers, journalists, chefs and entrepreneurs. Bex said: “We know that

many young women struggle with self-esteem, confidence and anxiety, particularly around their futures. Why do we know? Because that used to be us. “We think it’s important to show girls lots of examples of people who have succeeded in

their careers and create a community where successful women are accessible and seen by the younger generation.” The pair are also focusing on anxiety, depression and mental health in the age of the selfie, as more young people struggle with self-esteem as well as exam pressures. www.generationtribe.

Former NEC member censured for tweet

FORMER NUJ National Executive Council (NEC) member Arjumand Wajid has been censured by the NEC for breach of membership responsibilities

following a complaint about a tweet she sent in August last year A panel convened under the union’s Rule 24 found that Ms Wajid acted in

breach of the NUJ’s membership responsibilities with specific reference to (g) Strength Through Diversity: ‘The NUJ does not regard prejudicial language or

comments about people on the grounds of gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age or disability as acceptable behaviour among its members’.

Increasing the diversity of photojournalists is vital to improve access to stories

Natasha Hirst chair, photographers’ council


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